A judge on Thursday denied bond for a former Israeli soldier’s bond application for a $10.7 million private order in the murder of a Palestinian man.
Judge Haim Zellner said the case would be considered by the court’s chief justice.
Zellner denied the request for bond for the suspect, who is accused of murdering Muhammad Abu-Faraa, a Palestinian resident of Beitunia.
He was arrested in October.
The suspect, identified only as M., is also accused of kidnapping and killing a second Palestinian man, Yousif Shaker, in October in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
Zettner said that while the bond application did not provide for the payment of the remaining amount owed, the judge decided that the bond would not be paid because of the pending trial of the second suspect.
The decision comes after the defense appealed Zellners ruling to the court, saying that the judge was violating the defendant’s right to a fair trial.
Zeller also ordered that the suspect be placed under house arrest until the court decides his fate.
The judge rejected the defense’s request for the defense to take over the case as a matter of urgency, citing a lack of resources.
The case has drawn intense attention because of allegations that the murder occurred while the suspect was in hiding.
Zellninger ordered the arrest of Abu-Faaras family.
Defense lawyer Zahi Hawass said the suspect’s parents had contacted Zellers court office and requested that his bail be revoked, which the judge agreed to.
The family had asked Zellings office to hold the suspect in jail pending trial.
On Monday, the defense asked the court to revoke the suspects bond in order to give him an opportunity to seek treatment in Israel.
The judge agreed, and the judge said he will issue an order in this regard.